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Research Process

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In addition to these materials, students may wish to consult:

Hughes, C (2002) Key Concepts in Feminist Theory and Research, London, Sage

Blaxter, Loraine, Hughes, Christina and Tight, Malcolm (2010) How to Research, Buckingham, Open University Press (Second Edition)

  • Research Process: Overview - contains the course programme and assessment details.
  • What is Research? - gives an overview of the distinction between method and methodology. It provides synposes and exercises of four key methodological paradigms: positvisim, interpretivism, critical and postmodern. It also contains a glossary of common terms used in social science research.
  • Research Design - sets out key principles of both initial research design and how to evaluate the adequacy of your own research.
  • Undertaking a Literature Review: Details are given of undertaking a literature review together with information, and exercises, for developing skills of critical analysis.
  • Developing Literacy in Quantitative Methods: With associated exercises, these pages set out some basic statistical techniques (eg measures of central dispersion, correlation), the difference between different types of variables and discussion about the meanings of quantitative data.
  • An Introduction to Qualitative Research: These pages contextualize qualitative research within Denzin's 'five moments'. The file contains practical support for the conduct of qualitative research together with discussion of issues of empowerment and keeping a research diary.
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches: This file contains a review of the strengths and weaknesses of quantitative and qualitative approaches to research together with discussion on mixed methodological approaches.
  • Developing Reflexivity in Research: The 'reflexive turn' is well documented in social science. This flle provides an overview of the term reflexivity as it has been developed within various literatures (social science methodology, adult and organisational learning). An analysis of 'four moments' of reflexivity is given, together with practical discussion of developing reflexivity in relation to research.